seminar title Canadian Citizenship: Right, Privilege, Curse?

In this tour we examine the history of Canadian citizenship: what it is, what it does, and who holds it.
As we visit a list of monuments located at the heart of Canada’s capital city, we will explore various
historical debates that have taken place between governments and different segments of society on
the topic of citizenship. I will also highlight various players who have sought to define and control
citizenship by both expanding and restricting access to it and by changing its very definition
and character.
In thinking about the uses, abuses, and meanings of Canadian citizenship in this way, participants
will gain critical perspectives of the utility, control, and consequences of Canadian citizenship.
We will try addressing the following questions (and some of the historical responses to them): Who
should be a Canadian citizen and who should be allowed to decide this? What rights and
responsibilities should Canadian citizenship entail? What does citizenship mean? Is it a right,
privilege, or curse?
 MB GuideAbout your tour guide: Brad Wiebe is a recent graduate of Carleton
University’s Public History program, developer of the “Histories of
Parliament Hill” podcast, and a former Tour Guide at both Parliament
Hill and the Legislative Building of Manitoba. A lover of stories, politics,
and people, he seeks to engage those around him in discussions about
how we can learn from history to enrich our ideas about ourselves and
about our future.
Further details:
Meeting place: Human Rights Monument (corner of Lisgar and Elgin St)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Post-tour conversation option: An informal post-tour chat where participants can follow-up on different
aspects of the tour over drinks at any nearby (and available) Sparks Street pub. Available only upon
request, Brad’s schedule permitting (please make a note of it when you book your (de)tour)
Total distance covered: approx 2.5km
Ease of terrain: flat terrain, some stairs
Accessibility: alternative route available to accommodate wheelchair accessibility, please ask
On-demand: Brad may also be able to offer this tour on demand on other evenings during the week. Please get in
touch with us at for more information about this option.
  • walking seminar guide - Canadian Citizenship: Right, Privilege, Curse?
  • availability - Irregular throughout May-August 2017; see booking calendar for specific dates
  • meeting place - Human Rights Monument (corner of Lisgar and Elgin St)
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